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Category Manager - Electronics

Supply Chain
19000J5Z Requisition #

Category Manager- Electronics
RTG (Restorative Therapies Group) OVERVIEW
The Restorative Therapies Group develops life-restoring therapies and healthcare solutions that span the care continuum; integrating technologies and applying clinical and economic evidence to increase patient access, improve efficiency of procedures and deliver successful patient outcomes.


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A Day in the Life
To serve as a Category Manager within the Restorative Therapies Group (RTG) at Medtronic.  The position’s primary focus will be responsible for developing and executing tactical and strategic commodity plans. This individual will lead category strategy, cost reduction initiatives, on-time delivery, quality, supplier performance, supplier consolidation/rationalization, and improve on vendor relationships. The position allows for vast and varied exposure across multiple disciplines and business units. 
This role is to lead the Engineered Products Commodity that includes but not limited to electronic components, displays, power supplies, and micro-computers. A majority of components in this category are single sourced and in a highly regulated environment.  This position requires strong negotiation skills, technical aptitude, and strong relationship building skills.  Many managed components in the commodity category are highly engineered and regulated.  A successful Category Manager in this position will understand the industry and category environment, identify, and develop strategies that can leverage supplier’s capabilities and Medtronic’s purchasing power at a global scale.

• Advocate on behalf of supply management function with business units and operational partners to ensure support for core business objectives
• Negotiate contracts that provide year-over-year benefits in performance
• Identify and develop business cases for a healthy year-over-year of cost reduction pipeline with suppliers through lean, should costing, process improvement, tier 2 strategies, and yield improvements
• Perform market analysis in identifying best cost country sourcing of said category, provide guidance to technical sourcing and engineering with supplier innovations, and proactively develop forward buy agreements where appropriate
• Define and manage winning category strategies and approaches with suppliers.
• Manage vendor relationships and drive year-over-year performance improvements with quality, delivery, costs
• Lead regular business reviews with suppliers
• Analyze received quotations, select or recommend new suppliers
• Rationalize existing supplier base through stratification, market analysis, supplier development, and supplier consolidation
• Lead new and on-going supplier audit activities to ensure the supply base has robust process controls and capabilities to meet existing and future Medtronic business requirements
• Conduct supply chain risk reviews
• Act independently to prescribe methods and new approaches on new and special assignments
• Support goals and objectives as established by management

• Frequent travel to vendor locations is required- domestic and international (up to 25%)

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelors degree required
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience, or advanced degree with a minimum of 5 years relevant experience

Nice to Have
• Highly skilled in developing and executing on negotiation strategies with strong organization and collaboration skills
• Technical and commercial knowhow of commodity market trends and manufacturing process technologies of the category
• Skilled in developing category strategies, contract reviews, lean manufacturing, business case development, Best Cost Country (BCR) sourcing experience, and product/process transfer/change requirements in a regulatory environment, with strong presentation skills
• Experience using lean methodology processes in a manufacturing environment is a plus
• Experience in a low volume and high mix demand for products environment
• Negotiation, analytical and problem solving skills
• Good organization, project management and follow-through skills
• Ability to prioritize, multitask and act in a proactive manner
• Microsoft, Excel, Analytics, and SAP experience preferred

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life.  We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Let’s work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients’ lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

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